Malawi President Joyce Banda on Sunday reiterated that she will continue distributing maize and flour to needy people in the country.
The President was speaking at a news conference at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on arrival from Uganda, where she attended a two-day 16th Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Heads of State and Government Summit.
The Presidentâ€™s trips to distribute relief items have recently attracted criticism from some quarters, arguing they are costing government a lot of money.
â€œPeople should realise that a big section of Malawians in the country have no food. As Head of State, I have the responsibility to assist them. So far, we have distributed maize to 40 centres in the country.
â€œThe flour and maize that I am distributing is mine. And I appeal to people who have enough food in their homes to share with the needy. As Head of State, this opportunity enables me to meet the electorate. I cannot stay without meeting people who voted for me,â€ she said.
The President, however, said a lot of the distribution work is being done by some members of Peopleâ€™s Party (PP) and her Cabinet.â€”Mana